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Cats Prospects Drop Opening Game of 2005 Rookie Tournament

Tuesday, 09.6.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / News
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Cats Prospects Drop Opening Game of 2005 Rookie Tournament

Panthers Suffer 5-2 Loss to Carolina Hurricanes

OTTAWA, ON – The Florida Panthers prospects suffered a 5-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes prospects on Tuesday afternoon in their first game of the 2005 Ottawa Rookie tournament held at the Corel Centre. The Cats are back on the ice on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m., when they face-off against the Montreal Canadiens rookie squad, in the five team round robin tournament.

The Hurricanes opened the scoring first when Vince Bellissimo worked his way out from behind the Panthers goal and slipped the puck between the legs of Cats netminder David Shantz at 8:32 of the opening frame. Less than ten minutes later, 'Canes forward Kevin Estrada gave his club a two-goal advantage when he found the back of the net at 15:56.

Carolina built a three-goal lead after Andrew Ladd jammed a loose puck past Shantz just 34 seconds into the second period. Florida defenseman Martin Lojek put the Cats on the scoreboard with the club's first goal of the tournament at 4:47. Lojek took a pass from Rob Globke and fired a shot from the point that sailed over the arm of an outstretched Canes goaltender Justin Peters.

Joel Ward cut the Panthers deficit to one when he deflected a shot off the stick of Jeff Caron past Peters at 11:02. Carolina re-gained the two-goal advantage when Danny Richmond found Mike Stathopoulos in the slot and he beat Shantz with a one-timer, to close the scoring in the middle frame.

In the final period of play, Ladd added his second of the game on an empty net tally with 12 seconds left on the clock to seal the Canes the 5-2 victory. The Cats prospects out shot Carolina 44-24, with Anthony Stewart, Rob Globke and Kamil Kreps all registering six shots on goal. Shantz made 24 saves in the loss while Peters and Kevin Nastiuk combined for 42 shots in the win. Neither team converted on the power play.

In other tournament action, the host Ottawa Senators battle their divisional rivals the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday evening at 8 p.m.

Scoring Summary:

First Period:

Carolina: Bellissimo (Vojtka, Ladd) 8:32. Carolina: Estrada (Bellissimo, Ladd) 15:56

Second Period:

Carolina: Ladd (Bellissimo, Estrada) :45. Florida: Lojek (Globke, Olesz). Florida: Ward (Caron) 11:02. Carolina: Stathopoulos (Richmond, Barnes).

Third Period:

Carolina: Ladd (Carson, Bellissimo) 19:48 EN.

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 79 15 39 10 54
J. Jokinen 81 8 36 -2 44
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
A. Ekblad 81 12 27 12 39
B. Boyes 78 14 24 11 38
A. Barkov 71 16 20 -4 36
J. Hayes 72 19 16 -4 35
B. Campbell 82 3 24 4 27
B. Pirri 49 22 2 6 24
D. Bolland 53 6 17 4 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 28 19 12 .921 2.35
A. Montoya 6 7 2 .892 3.01
 
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